MSc Global Public Health, MSc Pain, BSc
NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellow, DPhil Student
My DPhil research project is focussed on self-management of chronic pain, particularly in people who do not have ongoing contact or access with specialist pain services. This is a qualitative study, using mixed methods supervised by Dr Sara Shaw, Professor Deborah Swinglehurst (QMUL) and Professor Alan Silman (NDORMS).
The focus is on finding out:
- how patients are coping without the support of a specialist service and what they do to help themselves;
- how health professionals do (or perhaps don’t) support patients who drop out or who are not able to attend pain management programmes; and
- what is happening to support self-management for people with chronic pain in policy.
I am funded by a HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Fellowship award. My clinical time is spent working as an advanced practice physiotherapist in pain management.